It was a Black Friday Indeed

One of the clearest signs imaginable that a society is becoming less, not more civilized, is the proliferation of gun buying, and therefore guns in the hands of any and all sorts of people. There are in America, already nine guns for every ten people. Someone is killed with a gun in America every sixteen minutes, and you cannot tell me that the watching of violent films and violent video games doesn't contribute to a mentality which supports fear-based decision-making when it comes to guns. … [Read more...]

Saltzburg– Part Four

Seeing the street life of a town is always fun, and in this case it included street artists, chess players, illusionists, puppeteers, and musicians!Yes that guy really is hovering in air.....nothing under him holding him up...Make no bones about it, this guy wanted money! And this guy was near by as well.... pointing to a money pail.... You have to ask yourself, is painting yourself silver really worth the silver you get from observers???I'd rather play giant chess!If … [Read more...]

Saltzburg– Part Three

The Saltzburger Dom is not a new kind of hamburger. It is in fact the name of the beautiful cathedral of St. Rupert in Saltzburg, which we will now visit. The outside of the building is a simple white and grayish colored large edifice....but inside is a whole different story.What you see here today is a 17th century rebuild, of a 11th century rebuild of the building St. Rupert had something to do with in the 8th century, when this was a Roman town!No wonder the word dom is in … [Read more...]

Saltzburg– Part Two

As I was saying, Salzburg is Salt town, and so naturally you have salt shop.... including all kinds of salt, even bath salts!!of course there are lots of other interesting shops in the town as well. Here's an apothecary, or pharmacy....And of course there are numerous quaint cafes, we ate at one across from Mozart's place...The following speaks for itself....After lunch you can go to the colored egg shop.... And it wasn't even Easter! There were also flower shops … [Read more...]

Saltzburg— Part One

Ann and I decided to take a day trip on a bus to Saltzburg. Now ordinarily, I'm not enamored of canned bus tours, but this one turned out o.k., and Saltzburg was well worth the journey. The town is named after the fact that it had a salt mine as its major source of employment at one point in its history. Hence--- Salt town became its name, and there is still salt to be had there, as we shall soon see. If you saw the excellent movie Monuments Men, you will remember that the Nazis hid things in … [Read more...]

Vienna down by the Blue Danube

Vienna is a big city, with a river running through it, a famous river, the Danube (hence the Blue Danube waltz by Strauss). Christa decided to take us outside the city to see it from above, from the last slopes of the Alps which sort of end at Vienna....What you should notice about these pictures is 1) basically the river separates the older city, from some of the newer parts of the city; 2) that the river actually splits in Vienna, and there is a long canal for a good long way; 3) notice … [Read more...]

The Lipizzaners

If you love horses, and you're going to Vienna, then seeing the Lipizzaners is a must. They live in downtown Vienna!! They have their own stables and exhibition hall as an extension of the royal residence buildings right in the heart of the old city. These are no ordinary, or even Kentucky special, horses. These are world famous horses, bred by the Hapsburgs since the 16th century. The name is actually Hungarian, so they are horses from this region, but the school is called the Spanish Riding … [Read more...]

Walking through Vienna

After WWII, there was a lot of reconstruction in Vienna. But the town fathers decided they wanted to rebuild in a classical style. And so, we have an Austrian Parliament building modeled on a building you should recognize---- the Parthenon!!Here's the view from the top of arch looking past Athena.... Interestingly, this building is actually smaller than city hall... which you can see here at the end of the street with the spires....A walk through old Vienna is very pleasant … [Read more...]

The Opera House of Vienna

One of the regular things one is often told is don't miss the opera house tour, when one comes to Vienna. The opera house had to be reconstructed after WWII because the front one third of it was blown up by an Allied bomb. All is well now however, and the tour is indeed worth it. Opera was out of due season when we were there, so we did not take in a performance.First of all this opera house rivals La Scala in Milan in size, number of balconies, and its degree of ornamentation. As you … [Read more...]